Matt Morris takes the Bluebird Theater stage on Friday Feb. 18th with a new look and a new sound. The Denver musician is set to debut his latest songs since 2010’s When Everything Breaks Open released on Justin Timberlake’s label, Tennman Records. Examiner.com caught up with the busy singer/songwriter to talk music, community, and personal evolution.
Remigio Darby: One of the first things that may strike fans of your music is your new look! Describe this reinvention:
Matt Morris: Well, I reclaimed my face and did away with the beard. I feel like I look cleaner and younger, and in a way that’s perfectly in line with the new music I’m creating.
RD: I understand that the Bluebird show on Friday will feature 10 of your new songs—can you talk about the inspiration behind them and how it’s influenced your new sound?
MM: I’ve been inspired by dance music. Last year I toured a lot, and I’d be on stage, wishing I had faster songs to play -- you know, music with more energy in it. I also started playing the bass, and that changed the way I thought about rhythm. So, I’d say my new music is my take on an organic, earthy, spiritually-connected dance music.
RD: Not only is Friday’s show about the debut of your new work, but it’s also an evening to give back to the community. Tell us about that:
MM: I’ve invited two Denver Community Organizations to be present at the Bluebird: Metro CareRing and The Center. Metro CareRing is a non-profit that provides food and other relief services to help stabilize people in need. They’re a tremendous organization. And, The Center - well, they’re just fabulous! I’m hoping that their presence at the show will be an opportunity for people *outside* the LGBT community to see what a great organization they are.
RD: One of your long-time friends and collaborators, Christina Aguilera, recently made headlines with her Super Bowl performance. What was your reaction?
MM: Well, I didn’t watch the Super Bowl, and I didn’t find out about Christina’s performance until later that night. I know how it feels to be in her position, and it’s rough. You just have to pick yourself up and keep on going. Haters hate, but you can’t let that keep you from singing.
RD: With the music industry being so highly competitive, do you find challenges as a musician who’s also gay?
MM: I think the majority of people I’ve worked with or performed for accept me for the music I make, and don’t judge me for being gay. I don’t really concern myself with those who do.
RD: Any advice you can impart to hopeful musicians out there?
MM: When you think about your aspirations, think about scale. How *big* is *big enough*? Would you feel content playing to 100 people, or do you absolutely have to play to 10,000? Answer those questions before you start out, and you’ll have a lot better sense of what steps you need to take in order to reach your goals.
RD: What else would you like to tell your fans?
MM: Thanks for the continued support! Thanks to Alice 105.9 and Twist & Shout for presenting this show!
Matt Morris at Bluebird Theater
With Danielle Ate The Sandwich
Friday February 18, 2011
8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
3317 E. Colfax Ave.
Tickets: $15 at door, $12.50 in advance by visiting http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/2C004624A42B44EA?brand=bluebird